Why, yes, it really is *that easy* to pick (and eat!) four pounds of big ol’ blueberries, just in case you were wondering!
We went blueberry picking last weekend at Duckworth Family Farm in Sebastapol. It’s about an hour and a half north of San Francisco, and you can pick your own organic blueberries right off the plants. Every time I’d look over at Connor, I’d see her daintily lifting up her mask and sneaking a blueberry into her mouth. I think she ate more blueberries than she actually picked, ha ha ha!
I can’t blame her, since eating fresh-off-the-vine blueberries is absolutely divine. So sweet, so juicy, and it’s especially satisfying when you find a really BIG one the size of your thumb, and you pop it into your mouth right then and there.
We spent Saturday morning there last weekend, picking blueberries, eating homemade blueberry ice cream and watching the sheep circumnavigate the grounds. They periodically stampede around the farm! It’s the coolest thing. You don’t see them at first, but you hear their hooves thundering, and then, suddenly! — they come out of nowhere, running and jumping in a huge (and very cute) herd.
Anywho, this place is super cool and a great place to have an easy, outdoor family outing in the Bay Area. There’s no charge to enter the farm, so if you wanted to stop by for a quick picnic on the grounds or to go fishing in one of the ponds (which is stocked with fish), or to get a scoop of blueberry ice cream, you can. If you’re interested in picking organic blueberries — which I highly recommend! — you have to wait for about 15 minutes in a couple of lines, sign a waiver, wear a mask, practice social distancing and, of course, wash your hands before you enter the blueberry picking area.
Once there, you’ll receive a small bucket which you wear around your waist like a fanny pack and a brown paper bag to carry your freshly picked blueberries.
Picking blueberries off the plant is simple. The plants don’t have any thorns or spiky leaves, and they’re low to the ground so there’s no need to climb anything to get to them. All you have to do is find the biggest, bluest berries you can, pop ’em off with your fingers, and drop as few or as many of them as you want into your basket. Once you have your fill, you can weigh they out to take them home for $4.50/pound.
Duckworth Family Farms is open for blueberry picking for seven short weeks in the summer. They’re open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and they don’t have a website, but they do have have a page on Facebook.
Oh, and I remember seeing somewhere on their page that next week (fourth of July weekend) is their last weekend this summer, so if you want to go, make your plans now. I’d suggest going early on Saturday so you can get to the bigger berries before they’re picked over.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,